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Welcome to the Botany Bay & Catchment Water Quality Improvement Program

Welcome to the Botany Bay Water Quality Improvement Program (BBWQIP) website. Below is a brief overview of what this program involves. As the BBWQIP progresses there will be more information and reports put onto this site, so come back regularly to find out what's being done!

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Who is funding and managing it?

The Botany Bay Water Quality Improvement Program is currently being funded by the Australian Government through Caring for Our Country funding. It is being delivered and managed by the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority (SMCMA).

Prior to the current funding the Botany Bay Water Quality Improvement Program (stage two 2009 - 2011) and the Botany Bay Coastal Catchments Initiative (BBCCI) 2007 - 2008, were completed. These program were majority funded by the Australian Government and project managed and part funded by the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority (SMCMA).

What are the objectives or goals of the BBWQIP?

This program is seeking to achieve long-term protection of the surface waters of Botany Bay, its estuaries and its catchment.

  • It will primarily be focused on the pollutants washing off the hard surfaces in the catchment (suspended solids, nitrogen and phosphorus).
  • It will also engage with councils, key stakeholders and the community in the Botany Bay Catchment so they can participate in finding and implementing innovative solutions to improve water quality in the Bay and catchment.

The major activities being undertaken through the BBWQIP during 2009 - 2011 are:

  • The development of a Botany Bay and Catchment Water Quality Improvement Plan.
  • The deployment of a real-time water quality monitoring network for Botany Bay and its estuaries.
  • The development of a Water Quality Decision Support System that can be used at the catchment and sub-catchment scales.
  • Partnering with land managers to install water quality improvement devices to treat at least 50 hectares of urbanised land.

What did the BBCCI Involve?

As mentioned earlier the BBCCI was the precursor to the current programs. The major activities that were undertaken in the BBCCI are listed below in the approximate order they occurred in during 2007 - 2008:

  • Prepare a Scoping Study.
  • Map the Botany Bay Catchment and sub-catchments.
  • Prepare a Consultation Strategy.
  • Set draft levels of protection for the environmental values of Botany Bay and its catchments waterways.
  • Model the current contributions of nutrients and sediments pollution in the catchment,
  • Conduct an ecological characterisation of the Towra Point Ramsar site.
  • Develop a hydrodynamic model for Botany Bay and catchment watercourses.
  • Establish an ecological response model of Botany Bay and its estuaries, which will be used to determine how much of several key pollutants that Botany Bay and its major tributaries can receive each year before irreversible ecological damage occurs.
  • Identify opportunities and barriers to the adoption of water sensitive urban design in the catchment.
  • Develop draft water quality objectives and load targets needed to protect the draft environmental objectives.
  • Develop management options to meet the water quality objectives and load targets and assess the cost and effectiveness various options and select most appropriate options to achieve targets.
  • Develop a water sensitive urban design (WSUD) adoption strategy and support councils and other government agencies including WSUD in their planning processes.
  • Review the statutory and institutional arrangements relating to protecting water quality in Botany Bay, its estuaries and catchments.

These activities are completed and the results, findings and/or reports are available on publications page of this website.

When did it start and when will it be finished?

The first phase of the BBCCI commenced at the beginning of 2007 and was completed in late 2008.

The second stage (Botany Bay Water Quality Improvement Program) commenced in July 2009 and will be completed by July 2011

The third stage of the (Botany Water Water Quality Improvement Program) continued from July 2011 and is ongoing. It is focused on implementing the recommendations set out in the Botany Bay & Catchment Water Quality Improvement Plan.

 

Where else has this sort of thing been done?

There are many other water quality improvement projects being undertaken around Australia. They include:

Moreton Bay (Qld),
Great Barrier Reef (Qld)
Port Phillip and Western Port Bays (Vic),
Derwent Estuary (Tas),
Adelaide's Coastal Waters (SA),
Swan and Canning Estuaries (WA),
Darwin Harbour (NT), and
Myall and Wallis Lakes (NSW).

Contact Details


Botany Bay Water Quality Improvement Program
Sydney Metropolitan CMA
P: (02) 9895 6244

 
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